Thanks to its dramatic cliffs, glittering turquoise waters, and more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets, beautiful Halong Bay is one of the most popular sites to visit in northern Vietnam and is best seen on a cruise. Here are your options for Halong Bay cruises from Hanoi.
Van Phuc Silk Village
On the Nhue River, 10 Km Southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
You can visit Van Phuc Silk Village independently or join a half- or full-day excursion from Hanoi. The express option, which includes convenient round-trip transport from your Hanoi hotel, will appeal to time-pressed visitors, while full-day trips are a great choice for travelers seeking more information about Vietnam’s past and present. Day trips tend to combine Van Phuc Silk Village with a stop at Phu Tay Ho, one of the city’s most revered Buddhist temples.
Things to Know Before You Go
Van Phuc Silk Village is the ideal place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family.
Educational silk-making demonstrations and colorful shops make the village a great place to take the kids.
Van Phuc silk is known for its smooth appearance and light weight, making it cool in the summer yet warm in winter.
Some shop owners in Van Phuc Silk Village speak a little English and French, so be prepared to bargain for the best price.
Visitors usually find that a few hours is enough time to enjoy the village.
How to Get There
Travelers can visit Van Phuc on their own by renting a car or motorbike or by catching bus 2 or 21, then walking for 10 minutes to reach the village. In order to save time and skip the stress of vehicle rental, most visitors opt to join a tour that includes round-trip transport.
When to Get There
Van Phuc Silk Village is open daily between 8am and 10pm. Early morning or late evening is best if you want to avoid the crowds.
The Craft Villages of Hanoi
Compared to the rest of the country, Northern Vietnam has a high concentration of craft villages, where visitors can observe manufacturing processes and buy goods at a fraction of the price they would fetch in the city. Easily accessible from Hanoi are Day Bat Trang pottery village, where you can take part in a ceramics class, and Day Dong Ho, famous for its folk paintings.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Van Phuc Silk Village?
What else should I know about attractions in Hanoi?
- Ionah Show
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)
- Do Temple (Den Do)
- Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam)
- Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat)
- Ho Chi Minh Museum (Bao Tang Ho Chi Minh)
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
- Ambassador’s Pagoda (Chua Quan Su)
- Vietnam Military History Museum
- Hoa Lo Prison
- Phu Tay Ho
- Presidential Palace
- Ho Chi Minh's Residence (Nha Bac Ho)
- Vietnamese Women’s Museum